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Concerns over Covid-19 vaccine shortages at Harrow vaccination centre

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There are concerns of Covid-19 vaccine shortages at a new vaccination centre.

Tithe Farm Club, the grounds for Rayners Lane FC, is distributing an average of around 500 jabs a day as thousands have received the life-changing vaccine.

And despite Rayners Lane FC chairman Martin Noblett praising the hard work from the group of volunteers rolling out the vaccine, the centre struck a shortage.

The vaccine centre was shut from Friday (January 16) until today (January 19) following the lack of vacine supplies.

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GPs and volunteers were sent home after delivering the final doses on Friday afternoon, with the full capacity of the centre not utilised over the weekend.

The centre is said to be using both the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZenca vaccines – with the rollout of which based on availability.

A volunteer at TIthe Farm

Mr Noblett believes that despite the shortage, the issue should be resolved soon and should not effect the rollout.

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Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas, who helped with the set-up of the centre, wrote to Minister for Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi calling for an urgent supply of vaccines.

In the letter, he said: “I am particularly concerned that if the supply of vaccine doses to Tithe Farm cannot be delivered, many of my vulnerable constituents will end up being referred to other vaccine hubs, elsewhere in Harrow, or in other boroughs.

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“I would consider this to be less than ideal when the capacity for more vaccinations exists on this side of Harrow.”

He pointed out that neighbouring vaccine centres – including Barnet Football Club’s The Hive Stadium in Edgware – has had a “significantly higher” supply.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, previously called for a “fair share” for supplies in the capital, after data revealed London was behind the rest of the country in terms of distribution.

A total of 417,225 jabs were given to Londoners between December 8 and January 17, whereas the Midlands had the most received with 745,487 jabs.

The Vaccine Minister confirmed London would get more doses.

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